Your First Listen (Week of Dec. 15)

5 remarkable tracks you need to hear

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.

George Ezra – Blame It on Me

The velvety-voiced, 21-year-old British singer/songwriter George Ezra is having a massive year. You’ve heard his huge song, “Budapest”. He’s opening for Sam Smith here at the ACC in January and playing his own show at the Danforth Music Hall in March. This is a new single from his album, Wanted on Voyage.

The Elwins – So Down Low

The Elwins have been boppin’ around the Toronto indie scene for about eight years now – slowly building up a reputation as one of the city’s most lovable bands – with several EPs and a very busy tour schedule. They’re friends with bands like Born Ruffians, Tokyo Police Club, and Hollerado. If you dig those guys, you might dig The Elwins. From their new album, Play for Keeps is out February 24th.

Foo Fighters – Congregation

When the tickets for their July shows at the Molson Amphitheatre went on sale earlier this month, they sold out in the blink of an eye. They’re touring on their new album, Sonic Highways.

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Vulcan, AB

If you think because you’re a nerd you can’t be a rockstar – you’re wrong. Check it out. Vulcan, Alberta is the self-described Star Trek capital of Canada, because vulcans are a alien species in Star Trek. The Rural Alberta Advantages’s drummer Paul is a HUUUUGE star trek fan, and that’s what inspired this song. Listen to the drumming in this song from the same album… You’ll realize that being a nerd and being a rockstar are not mutually exclusive. They’re in town this week at the Danforth Music Hall.

Modest Mouse – Lampshades on Fire

Seven years. That’s how long you’ve waited for new music from Modest Mouse – but your wait is finally over. They teased you with pictures of a mysterious 7” record on Instagram, played this tune live at various shows… But now, you’re getting the real deal. You can look forward to a full album 2015.